Dec. 8, 2006
Dr. Jane Hey, professor and chair of biology and chemistry at Morningside College, presented the poster “Comparing Anuran Assemblages of Wetlands in the Historic Floodplain of the Lower Missouri River in Iowa” at the 67th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference held Dec. 3-6, in Omaha, Neb.
The poster presentation included research conducted from 1994 to 2006 by Hey and Eugenia Farrar, associate professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, along with students from Morningside and ISU. The research looked at changes in aquatic habitat, specifically amphibians, in wetlands located along the lower Missouri River floodplain including the Owego Wetlands Complex, a 1,300 acre restored wetland ecosystem located three miles northwest of Hornick, Iowa. According to the research, channeling of the Missouri River has resulted in significant loss of wetland habitat and the restored Owego Wetland Complex contained the greatest species diversity of the wetlands surveyed .
Hey joined the faculty at Morningside in 1979. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Monmouth College in Ill., a master’s degree in preventive medicine and environmental health from the University of Iowa at Iowa City, and a doctorate in zoology and genetics from Iowa State University in Ames.